Full Name: Álvaro Borja Morata Martín
Birth Date: 23 October 1992
Place of Birth: Spain
Playing Years: 2005 to present
Football Club (Current): Chelsea
UEFA European Under-19 Championship Golden Boot: 2011
UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2011
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Boot: 2013
UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2013
UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014
Álvaro Martin was born in Madrid, home to major European football clubs. Being born and raised in the Spanish capital, a major city for the sport itself, to kick the ball seemed to be written on Martin’s skin even before he was born.
Martin started his career in the Atlético Madrid at the age of 13, and shortly after, he enrolled to the youth academy of Getafe FC, a club also based in Madrid. A year after, he became a member of Real Madrid’s youth program. In 2009, he made his debut in Real Madrid’s C Squad, and later promoted to the club’s Juvenile A team, where he made two minor youth titles and scored 34 goals throughout.
Martin’s excellent performance in Juvenile A led him to his promotion to Real Madrid Castilla. In August 2010, he made his debut for Castilla in a friendly with AD Alcorcón, where he scored the only goal of the game. He got a taste of Segunda División B in the same month with a 3-2 win against Coruxo FC.
Martin’s progress in his form led to his promotion to Real Madrid’s first team. In December 2010, he made his debut in a 3-1 win over Real Zaragoza as substitute to Ángel Di María, and played his first Copa del Rey ten days later. In March 2013, Morata made his El Clásico debut, helping the team obtain the 2-1 win. He soon became a permanent member of the first team the next season under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
In July 2014, he signed for the Italian club Juventus FC for a €20 million transfer fee, and, by September, he made his Serie A debut. He made his first goal for the team in a 3-0 victory against Atalanta BC.
February 2015, Martin had his Champions League debut for Juventus in a match against Borussia Dortmund. Interestingly enough, he won his first goal in his first ever UEFA Champions League match. He suffered a muscular injury during training in early August 2015, for which he was sidelined for a month. In his return to the UEFA Champions League in September 2015, he helped his team achieve the 2-1 victory against Manchester City. For his well-developed form in the 2014-15 season, Juventus signed a contract extension with him.
Martin then stunned the football scene when he returned to Real Madrid in June 2016. He immediately made second debut for the club the following month in a match against Sevilla at the UEFA Super Cup. He made 15 goals across 26 appearances for the team until he left it again the second time the following year.
In July 2017, Martin left Real Madrid for English club Chelsea for a record transfer fee of £60 million. In the following September, he netted his first hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Stoke City. In addition, he scored the only goal of his team’s match against Manchester City.
Martin also plays for Spain’s National Team since his youth career. He was part of Spain’s under-17 team for the 2009 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria. He also represented Spain in the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Romania and the 2013 European Championships. In the senior level, he played in the UEFA Euro 2016, and helped Spain win matches against Turkey and Italy in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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